We have seen signs pointing to Skype coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook since January of 2011. We also saw it again in April of 2011 in another leaked slide. I actually heard from a few sources that the reason it never launched was because Skype wanted RIM to pay them to bring their video chat platform to the PlayBook and RIM declined sort of like what Verizon did with Skype and BlackBerry. RIM has had an interesting relationship with Skype where they actually developed a Skype BlackBerry smartphone app that even Skype called “very efficient” and then scratched it because carriers did not like it.
Now we have a large clamoring of users who really want to see Skype on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Microsoft has now acquired Skype and they do not even support their own Windows Phone platform. A group of BlackBerry users have gotten together to appeal to Skype’s CEO and Vice President on February 1st to bring Skype to the BlackBerry PlayBook. You can join their appeal which started on CrackBerry forums on both Facebook and Twitter.
I wish you guys the best of luck! Hopefully we can turn the tide on this one now that RIM has a better relationship with Microsoft.
Thanks Phillip for pointing this one out!